Media and Digital Literacy Certificate

Media and Digital Literacy

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Are you considering pursuing your Master’s degree but want to try just a few classes first? The Media and Digital Literacy Certificate may be for you! Or, if you're ready to dive into a Master's in Language and Literacy Program, you're in luck as these media and digital literacy classes are integrated into the program curriculum. 

Now more than ever, teachers need to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that *new literacies in the classroom require. The Media and Digital Literacy Certificate is for teachers and educators who want to learn how to implement new literacy practices in their school community, regardless of grade level or content area.

children utilizing a "Makeymake" tech device in the classroom

Learn to:

  • Teach more effectively in a 1:1 environment
  • Consume and produce digital media in all content areas
  • Create digital content for your classes
  • Use AI to support your work
  • Be a tech leader in your school and community

Why apply for this certificate?

  • Many of our former students decided they wanted to and became Technology Teachers on Special Assignment after this program.
  • Many students simply wanted to deepen their understanding of how to integrate more technology in their classroom

While it is designed primarily for teachers, we have had students who worked at an Educational Service District as well as individuals focused on creative and inclusive design.

child utilizing an ipad

Potential Outcomes:

  • Prepare technology integrated lessons
  • Produce a variety of digital media for your students (videos, memes, podcasts, etc.)
  • Develop a line of inquiry, curate resources, and create a multimedia presentation
  • Develop a technology integrated advocacy project

What are current students saying?

"This course has had a profound impact on my teaching."

“This certification came in handy and at such a perfect time that turned out to be one of the best decisions I made in my educational career. Through this journey, I began to consider the intersection of digital tools and language learning in dual language.”

“I would recommend this program to all teachers. Video creation, podcasts, Scratch coding--these are all presented to us as great ideas to use in our classroom, but we need more than a one off training to truly understand how to leverage these tools in our instruction. If we want to integrate digital literacies into our teaching, we need to become digitally literate ourselves.”

Selected highlights from the program

Former student presentations and achievements:

  • 2023- Luz Lopez- 2nd grade teacher- presented Empowering Students through Equity, Technology, and Inclusive Practices at the Digital Equity Summit: Fall 2023
  • 2022 - Jennifer Wilkinson – 2nd grade teacher- presented Technology for Inquiry: Create and Explore with a Technology Club! at the Northwest Council for Computer Education: Spring 2022
  • 2021Claudia Briones, middle school teacher, presented Using Nearpod to Support Multilingual, Culturally Responsive In-Person and Remote Instruction at La Cosecha dual language conference: Fall 2021
  • 2021 - Clint Weckerly, Migrant Academic Coordinator, presented Migrant-Inclusive Ed tech: COVID & Beyond at the Northwest Council for Computer Education: Spring 2021
  • 2021 - Sarah Dorfler was awarded Outstanding Graduate of the Year: Spring 2021
elementary students using Makey Makeys, Ozobots, and Lego Robotics


All 16 credits of the Media and Digital Literacy Certificate can be applied to a Master’s in Language and Literacy. You can start with the certificate and decide to enroll in the master’s program later. What a great way to return to school if you’re thinking about it, but aren’t quite ready to enroll in a master’s program!